Elsir History

History of the Eastern Realms


Recent history

(Last 100 years)

723 N.F
*The bridge over the Dwarf Road to the northwest of the Elsir Vale is rebuilt. (It was destroyed by the watchers to hinder the advancement of the Red Hand Horde five years earlier.

718 N.F
*Summer. The Battle of Brindol. The Red Hand Horde under the leadership of Wyrmlord Azhur Khul (mounted on the great red dragon Abithriax) reached the prepared town. Giants tried to weaken the fortifications of Brindol in the first wave, but were quickly sorted by the heroes known as The Watchers and a detachment of Brindol Lions. The Watchers were instrumental in defeating the horde, the invasion of the vale ended here. They had also led negotioations with the dwarves of Hammerfist Hold who had sent an army to assist.

*The Watchers appeared in the sky over the city of Brindol. (They came through a portal following the dragon-mounted Azhur Khul - after battling him in the Fane of Tiamat). The wild elves of Rhest rescued the falling heroes. (The elves were in Bristol thanks to another forged alliance by The Watchers).

717 N.F
*The Fall of Bahamut. A comet is sighted for two nights falling towards the southern horizon. This was the body of the god Bahamut falling from the Astral Sea after being defeated by Tiamat. (CNote: this has NOT yet occurred in our DnDNext/5E game…see below).

715 N.F
*(Start of the DnDNext/5E Playtest campaign. Actual start date: Month - Galohni, called 'Drying-up Moon' month, it is the third month of Summer. Day: the 3rd (of 32) - see the Calendar).

690 N.F
*Large tribes of shifters migrate from the Endless Plains and other parts in the north to the Golden Plains where they immediately unsettle the relationships in the area. They oppose the ruling naga and help to liberate several wemic tribes.

630 N.F
*Nezumi (ratlings) leave the Marth Forest.


Middle History

(From founding of Kingdom of Nerath until 100 years ago).

559 N.F
*End of the Great war between Arkhosia & Bael Turath.

522 N.F
*Fall of Rhestilor. The city was abandoned after being burned by a goblinoid horde from the Wyrmsmoke Mountains. (Civil strife, monstrous incursions and a few magical blights had already weakened the realm).

400 N.F
*Crusading dragonborn seeking the primordial Mual-Ta arrive in the Golden Plains and encounter the naga, whom they agree to help return to power by subjugating tribes of wemics and brayhan. The dragonborn stay to work with the serpent folk of their veneration.

371 N.F
*Several Houses of humans from Bael Turath enter into a grand ritual with devils, transforming them into the first members of the tiefling race.

216 N.F
*Kingdom of Rhestilor (a part of the Empire of Nerath) is established around the city of Rhest. Secured all the roads to Dennovar and most of the Elsir Vale. Tiny hamlets throughout the region, especially along the Dawn Way grew around this time.

c 100 N.F
*Plight of the Kossoch Forest. Long the traditional home of elves in the region the hills, scrub and forest of Kossoch is taken over by an evil presence. Trees and thorns are given sentient life with evil disposition. Thorn blights, as most were called by the elves, began killing all other life and destroying their own habitat. Destructive magical weather also scours the land. Over the next few decades the elves defeat the thorn blights, but not before their lovely forests and hills have become the dusty badlands of the Thornwaste that is still there today. (Not many know, but learned elves know the destruction was caused by the loss of the Kossoch's Heartstone. Such an event leads to the loss of vegetation and life in any region).

0 N.F
*The Founding of the Nerath Kingdom (to the north of current day Elsir Vale).


Ancient History

(Prior to the founding of the Kingdom of Nerath)

c -500 N.F
*Fall of the Dwarven Empire.

c -800 N.F
*The drow empire of Viirdansalek (under current day northern Arkhosia) is destroyed by strange creatures described as being from 'The Realm of Nightmares'. The drow named them the Quori. The drow only existed in isolated communities after this defeat.

c -1,200 N.F
*Small cities on the eastern coast develop sailing ships.

c -2,000 N.F
*Kobold numbers increase markedly in many parts of the region.

c -3,000 N.F
*The first Shentulka people move into the region of Elsir Vale (part of the Dwarven Empire at the time). The dwarves welcomed them and the Shentulka settled in the woods and plains of the vale.

c -3,300 N.F
*Dwarves improve relations with the intelligent serpents (nagas) that live in the badlands and hills between Elsir vale and the coast. The dwarves trade gems for the knowledge of arcane magic.

c -3,900 N.F
*Peak/Golden Age of the dwarves. The Dwarven Empire is at its peak. Great mountain holds and extensive roads have been built and trade has been established with most surrounding civilised races. In fact the dwarves were recruited to help other races build their realms.

c -4,000 N.F
*The first 'pale-skinned' humans make their presence felt in the region, rising to power in the north, slaying and displacing the native Shentulka people. These new humans become known as the Nerathi (Nerathans in modern terminology) and their lands Nerath.

c -4,500 N.F
*Dwarves from 'The West' move east and establish the beginning of the Dwarven Empire in the Wyrmsmoke Mountains. It later spread to the Giantshield Mountains and created roads to more distant regions that other races began to populate, especially along the eastern coast.

c -4,900 N.F
*Trolls establish themselves as a major presence in the Underdark of the region (making them one of the longest surviving races to hold their realm in the region).

c -5,000 N.F
*First known civilizations of the dragonborn in Arkhosia. Origins unknown, though most suspect they came from the Underdark.

c -5,200 N.F
*The dwarves settle the Stonehome Mountains, considered the meeting point of The West, The Endless Plains and the Sunken Lands. Soon after the city of Overlook is built on the eastern slopes (overlooking the Endless Plains) and Bordrin's Watch was built in the mountains to watch the Sunken Lands.

c -5,600 N.F
*The Sunken Lands. The Far Realm comes into contact with the world and the lands now known as the Sunken Lands come into being.

c -5,900 N.F
*The end of the dwarven 'Age of Chains'. The dwarves of the west threw off the shackles of slavery and scattered their giant and orc slavers.

c -6100 N.F
*Wars in the Deep. The drow in the far northeast battle great dragons and their creations for hundreds of years. The wars peter out with both sides taking heavy losses. (Rumours suggest that dragonborn were created/bred for this war).

c -7,000 N.F
*Gnolls first migrated into the region from the south west tropics.

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